Members of the Munshi-South lab at Fordham University’s Louis Calder Center are interested in the behavioral, ecological, and evolutionary impacts of large-scale human disturbance on wild vertebrate populations. Current lab projects are primarily focused on understanding the evolutionary implications of urbanization for wildlife in the New York City metropolitan area. We study urban populations as model systems of rapid microevolution, but also aim to provide data for urban conservation and restoration efforts. To this end we collaborate with local government agencies and non-profits. See the lab Research and Publications pages for more information on current and past projects. The TED ED video below gives a brief introduction for non-scientists.
NEWS & NOTESLAB MOVES TO FORDHAM UNIVERSITY!
As of 31 August 2013, the Munshi-South lab has moved to the Department of Biological Sciences and Louis Calder Center-Biological Field Station at Fordham University. The lab is actively seeking new graduate and undergraduate students - please inquire!
New paper on signatures of selection in transcriptomes now published in PLOS One! Also see Carl Zimmer's previous coverage of this work on his NatGeo Phenomena blog.
Ph.D. candidate Corentin Bohl successfully defended his dissertation on ecological niche modeling and landscape genetics of monk parakeets on August 27th. Congratulations Dr. Bohl!
On August 29th, Fantastic Futures and Jason Munshi-South present a multi-channel sound performance and installation at Eyebeam based on their iLab residency at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
In June, Jason spoke at the American Society of Mammalogists conference in Philadelphia during a special session on "Recent Advances in Mammalogy". He also presented in an Ignite! session on urban ecology at the Ecological Society of America conference in Minneapolis in August. Click on the links to view / download slides from FigShare.
Announcing new project on the cityscape genomics of NYC rats! See our guest blog post on Rob Dunn's "Your Wild Life" blog describing the project in preparation for the upcoming working group on domestic and urban evolution at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center.
Brittney Kajdacsi was awarded a 3-year, $15k fellowship from the Mianus River Gorge Research Assistantship Program to conduct her dissertation research on landscape genomics of urban and suburban stream salamanders!
Preprint posted on rapid evolution of the transcriptome of urban white-footed mice. All constructive criticism appreciated!
New paper on conservation genetics of dusky salamanders in NYC published in PeerJ.
Photo: Ellen Pehek
Jason is participating in an iLAB residency with artists Huong Ngo, Fantastic Futures, and Sonia Finley. The residency is funded by iLAND to promote collaboration between movement-based artists and environmental scientists. This residency will involve public outreach and performance events this Summer at dates to be determined.
First-year PhD student Brittney Kajdacsi joined the lab! Over the past 3 years she worked on multiple conservation genetics projects as a student at Yale University. At CUNY she will be investigating the land- and stream-scape genomics of urban stream salamanders in NYC.
Jason published an Op-Ed in the NY Daily News opposing the development of public space in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park for sports stadia and a shopping mall.
The New York Times' Green blog drew upon the lab's expertise for a post about the fate of urban wildlife after Hurricane Sandy.
Jason spoke about urban evolutionary biology at the Secret Science Club, held monthly at the Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn. (click here for article)
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
The lab received a 3-year, $200K grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS / NIH) to examine natural selection, gene expression, and landscape genomics of urban white-footed mice.